Oxfam sex scandal

Missy sums up the Oxfam scandal:


The biggest story over this week in the UK has been the Oxfam sex scandal.

The story broke last Friday with an investigation by The Times newspaper into the exploitation of women and use of prostitutes by Oxfam workers in Haiti after the earthquake, despite prostitution being illegal in Haiti. The report also alleged that Oxfam covered the scandal up. The Times quoted a confidential report which stated “children may have been among those sexually exploited by aid workers”, and that there had been a “culture of impunity” among some staff in Haiti. Oxfam denied they covered it up and said that the allegations of underage girls possibly being involved were not proven.

Over the weekend as the story took hold it was alleged that aid workers were asking for sex for aid, this was also denied by Oxfam, though it has now been revealed that this was the case, not just with Oxfam workers but also other charities (not named) and the UN.

Since the initial report more revelations have come out, not just about Oxfam, but other charities. All allegations are around the exploitation of the local populations of places they have been providing aid to. The UN has also been implicated, as well as other large NGO’s, however other NGO’s have not been named in the media. The allegations against Oxfam workers has extended to their stores where sexual harassment is allegedly widespread.

A former head of Global safeguarding at Oxfam has revealed that allegations of rape, sexual harassment, and sex for aid were widespread. She also said that she regularly reported these allegations to the senior management and board, and the reports were routinely ignored.

The allegations have gone past Haiti with reports now of similar behaviour in Chad prior to the Haiti earthquake.

The Charities Commission said that they were aware that there was an issue with a few of the aid workers in Haiti, but they weren’t aware of the full scale of the scandal, or that there was widespread exploitation of the local populations – predominantly women.

On Monday Oxfam met with the Government and the Chief Executive has been given a week to provide a report and explanation to the Secretary of State for Foreign Aid, and the Government will reassess the Government contribution to Oxfam. The Government give approximately 32 million pounds to Oxfam annually.

This scandal has come at a time when many in the public are questioning the UK’s foreign aid budget and the amount of money that the Government gives in foreign aid. Many are calling for funding of Oxfam to be cut.

20 Comments

  1. David

     /  February 14, 2018

    It wont get covered here because Helen Clark was in charge of the UNDP who are fingered in this nasty and exploitative ugly scandal. Also its a lefty favorite and has been spending way too much on getting into politics which has annoyed a lot of people in recent years but given its left wing credentials it gets a pass.
    To me its actually worse than the Weinstein/Me Too stuff because one lot were doing it for wealth and fame and the others were in desperate situation doing it for survival.

  2. Missy

     /  February 14, 2018

    Here is an article which shows the hypocrisy of many (mostly on the left) when it comes to dealing with sex scandals. In this Daniel Hannan compares the reactions to the Presidents Club dinner and the Oxfam sex scandal.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/left-will-forgive-oxfam-its-seedy-abuses-it-really-shouldnt-1660925

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 14, 2018

      The President Club’s dinner was tacky, but nobody seems to have been forced, those who went off with the clients were paid and the women who were there knew what it was going to be like. I dislike this sort of thing, but also dislike the idea that women are automatically seen as exploited victims in these cases. It’s like the stripper here who did a public sex act then complained about being treated with less respect afterwards and was treated as a victim by some people.

  3. Blazer

     /  February 14, 2018

    the dark side of human nature has no…boundaries.

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 14, 2018

      And the West’s exploitation of so-called ‘Emerging’ and ‘Third World’ countries – former colonies – which is why they require ‘aid’ in the first place – notwithstanding Acts of God – clearly knows no bounds either …

      The age-old ‘convention’ of Western exploitation runs right through the ‘Aid’ itself … due to the so-called “dark side of human nature” … The side cultivated by money which finds its fullest expression in Western culture …

      Sorry to say it … but … colour me surprised!

      GreenPeace, another NGO that’s gotten too big and too ‘corporate-capitalist’ for its own ‘good’, recently sent out a booklet full of violent, war-like language raging against oil … Not so much ‘Green’ [alternatives] and definitely not ‘Peace’ …

      • David

         /  February 14, 2018

        ” former colonies – which is why they require ‘aid’ in the first place ”

        Haiti gained independence in 1803.If they were going to make a success of it, they would have by now.

        • PartisanZ

           /  February 14, 2018

          By 1804 the island of Haiti and its Taino people had been righteously fucked over by both Spain and France … so yeah … “former colonies” …

          Naturally a successful slave revolt would rule them out of getting any help from Western colonizers until they became a charity cot case by Western standards in late-colonial and so-called post-colonial (neo-colonial) times …

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti#Pre-Columbian_history … et al …

          • David

             /  February 14, 2018

            “righteously fucked over by both Spain and France”

            More than 200 years ago. Just to point out that the Dominican Replublic freed itself from Haiti 150 years ago and is now a vastly nicer place than Haiti.

            “Naturally a successful slave revolt would rule them out of getting any help from Western colonizers”

            Why the need for aid? This is just colonialism in another form.

  4. PartisanZ

     /  February 14, 2018

    Much better for corporate capitalists to go to these countries and use the local population as dirt-cheap labour and prostitutes … if they’re ‘lucky’ …

    At least then they get the ‘trickle down’ …

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  February 14, 2018

    Hilary Clinton will be furious at Oxfam stepping on her toes like this in Haiti.

    • MaureenW

       /  February 14, 2018

      Yes, how dare they – didn’t know clintons had left anything behind.